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Leadership Summit | Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley wrapped up day one of the 2010 Leadership Summit. Here are some of the highlights from his talk:


  • “Every organization has problems that shouldn’t be solved and tensions that shouldn’t be resolved.”
  • “If you resolve some tensions, it’ll lead to other tensions.”
  • “Progress doesn’t depend on the resolution of tensions but on the management of those tensions.”
  • “If it’s a problem that keeps resurfacing, it’s a tension to be managed.”
  • “The role of leadership is to leverage the tension for the benefit of the organization.”
  • “Often times the right person doesn’t win the argument, but someone wins the argument.”
  • “Certain tensions are the key to progress.”
  • for leaders… “Continually give value to both sides, and don’t weigh in too heavily with your personal biases.”
  • “Don’t allow strong personalities to win the day.”
  • “Don’t think in terms of balance – think in terms of rhythm.
  • “As a leader, never try to be fair.”
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Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.